Originally Posted by crayputter
" He could have dropped the ball, keeping the point at which it last crossed the margin of the water between the hole and the spot on which the ball would be dropped."
Any reason why he could not have choosen this option ?
The ball bounced off the flagstick and to the left, as can be seen on the picture below. It crossed the margin of the hazard the last time on the return, which would put the line between that point and the hole way to the left, into some bushes. It seems Tiger thought he was using that option, but forgot where the ball crossed the hazard.
There is no doubt it's deliberate. He was standing there and moved 2 yards back, as he said in the interview. It's one thing to forget where you hit it from and make a guesstimation, but that doesn't seem to be the case here.
That first shot could be one of the worst breaks in his career. He'd had a shot at birdie, ended up with bogey and might be DQ'd because of it.
Originally Posted by Beachcomber
If you drop and your ball ends up in your original divot - then the ball would have moved closer to the hole. As you hit the ball first, ground second - divot follows. So under the rules of golf, you should be able to re-drop as the ball moved closer to the hole.
Yeah, I realized that. I seem to remember Rickie dropping into a divot hole earlier this year, after he hit two balls in the water, but that may have been someone else's hole.